You may have already heard that XBMC decided to rename to Kodi in August. The next version of XBMC / Kodi (14.0) is already available and I’ve now had time to build that for Raspbmc. I’d like to thank popcornmix for leveraging some excellent performance out of this version as well as Martin Sundberg for taking charge of nightly builds while I was working on OSMC.
Here’s what’s new with Kodi:
- Improvements to library scanning speed
- Improvements to UPNP support
- Improved add-on control
- Improvements to the PVR interface
- Speed and performance improvements
You can read the official Kodi announcement here.
Here are some things to be aware of before upgrading:
- Your database version will be upgraded. If you have a shared library then other clients will also need to be running Kodi 14.0 to stay synchronised.
- Downgrading to 13.x builds via Raspbmc Settings will no longer work reliably as a result of upgrading the internal database
- Some skins and addons are not compatible with Helix (14.0), as it is a new release. A common sign of this is a blank keyboard. This indicates the skin you are using is not compatible.
I’m also happy to announce that OSMC alpha builds are now available for the Raspberry Pi. OSMC is the next generation of Raspbmc and will bring Raspbmc’s success to many other platforms including Vero, Intel x64, AMD Fusion and even Android.
If you enjoy Raspbmc, and this update, and would like to support continued development (which will help OSMC too), you can make a donation here.
Do make sure you have a wonderful break, and as always, enjoy!